Company Financial Distress
— The Possibilities And The Pitfalls

There sometimes comes a time when a director needs to conclude that their company is not going to start making a profit and they need to close it down.  This is never an easy decision, is often taken as a personal failure and leaves the director with the question of whether to start a new business or look at trying to find a job, in either case the need to make a living.  There may also be the unpleasant prospect of making employees redundant.

It is also important to recognise that a director has a responsibility to the company and to its creditors to act responsibly and can be criticised, disqualified from acting as a director (and in extreme cases made to make a contribution) if they fail to cease trading when they should realise the company is not going to be able to turn things around and the debts get worse.

By definition most entrepreneurs are and need to be optimistic and to assume that they will be able to improve the situation.  However there comes a time when they are not doing themselves or their creditors any favours by continuing to trade and they need to consider closing down.

For a FREE confidential 50 minute face-to-face or telephone conversation to discuss whether your client should close down call Fiona Monson on 01444 848766.

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  • Have a good idea of what income and expenses you have and what you need to survive and monitor them closely. If you don’t have the skill employ a bookkeeper.
  • If you are not covering costs you need to increase your sales or cut your costs, ideally both. If this is not working you need to seriously consider ceasing trading.
  • Be cautious about investing further money into a struggling business – have a clear plan of how the funds will be used to improve the situation.
  • Consider the implications before borrowing money from friends or family. If you can’t pay them back how will it impact on your relationship.
  • Be wary of giving personal guarantees – creditors will pursue you for these if the company can’t pay.
  • Be aware that paying yourself or connected people before other creditors can cause problems if your company becomes insolvent and those moneys may need to be paid back.
  • Even though it might feel difficult, if the issue is too big for you, then please seek professional help. The help is there - use it.
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Financial problems, whether business or personal, can seem like the end of the road and can be a source of great distress. Rest assured that there is always a way ahead, and we will always listen with an open mind and a non-judgmental ear.

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Solvency Solutions is a trading name of Solvency Solutions (South East) LLP (formerly Armida Business Recovery LLP).
Fiona Monson is licensed as an insolvency practitioner by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales